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Fastest sailboats in modern times

  1. Jan 22, 2008 #1
    I've been looking at the fastest sailboats in modern times and I've been wondering a few things.
    Why does the front sail have no boom but the back sail does?
    Why do racing boats have http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Parts_of_a_sail.svg" [Broken] kinds of sails?
    A lateen sail has more area and doesn't require such a tall mast. Wouldn't it be more stable to use these?
    Why are hulls shaped with concave curves when veiwed head on? Wouldn't a rounded convex curve be more hydrodynamic?
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  3. Jan 22, 2008 #2
    Front sail goes from side to side when the boat changes direction. Front sail with boom cannot cross the mast.

    Wind speed is zero at h = 0 and increases with height so that generally the taller the mast, the faster the wind around tha sail.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2008
  4. Jan 22, 2008 #3


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    I'm not sure I understand the third question. The bottom of a big racing sailboat hull is convex shaped, kinda like half a peanut.

    Or are you talking about small flat-bottomed one-seaters? Those hulls are planing hulls - they ride above their wake for more speed.
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